Tweets of the Day
Brexit SecretaryDominic Raab: "I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU. Here is my letter to the PM explaining my reasons."
Work and Pensions SecretaryEsther McVey: "Earlier this morning I informed the Prime Minister I was resigning from her Cabinet."
Northern Ireland MinisterShailesh Vara MP: "With much sadness and regret I have submitted my letter of resignation as a Northern Ireland Minister to the Prime Minister. A copy of my letter is attached."
Wow. Imagine both Republicans and Democrats laughing at Trump that way in Congress.
May was openly and deservedly laughed at.
What's Wrong With the Deal?
- It potentially keeps the UK in limbo perpetually.
- While in limbo, the UK has to keep paying the EU for access
- While in limbo, the UK has no voting rights
- The deal does not solve the problem with Ireland, it only works out a temporary arrangement.
- The deal leaves the UK at the mercy of the ECJ, the European Court of Justice, an EU body.
What's Right With the Deal?
- In a word: Nothing.
- In a sentence: The deal stinks to high heavens so badly, it's hard to see how anyone could like it.
- In a paragraph: The deal temporarily solves a few issues, but at enormous expense. It puts the UK at the mercy of the EU for years, if not forever.
Inquiring minds may be wondering if I have a musical tribute. Indeed I do.
Smiling faces sometimes
Pretend to be your friend
Smiling faces show no traces
Of the evil that lurks within (can you dig it?)
Smiling faces, smiling faces, sometimes
They don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces tell lies and I got proof
Oh, oh, yeah
May's Square One Lie
May said rejection of this deal would constitute a "return to square one".
That's a bald-faced lie.
Both the UK and the EU are making preparations for a hard Brexit. Procedures covering worker's rights, trade through the tunnel, air traffic etc., are all in the works. The longer this goes on, the less scary a hard Brexit becomes.
That indeed is the reason for May's gambit. She needs to scare the begeebies out of everyone for political fame: "I worked out a deal, hurray!"
Rotten Kettle of Fish
Given that the deal solves no problems but forces the UK to keep paying a Brexit bill, the EU will not agree to any changes that are not in the EU's favor.
Some deals are so bad they must be refused.
The UK should take a pass on this rotten kettle of fish.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock